January 14, 2017

Hofland, Mattern Shine as No. 22 Ohio State Tops No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State in Quad

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Jan. 14, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 22 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a 195.800 in a quad meet win over No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State Saturday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Wolverines finished second with a 195.275 followed by Washington at 195.175 and the Golden Flashes at 192.975.

The win over the Wolverines is the first for the Buckeyes since topping Michigan at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.

“We started out really strong tonight,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “We had five or six stuck landings on vault. We’ve talked a lot this week about building momentum and starting out strong so our vault lineup really did that and set us up for the next three events. It was a great team effort tonight and we’re really excited about the win.”

Ohio State began the meet with a 49.125 on vault. Alexis Mattern posted a career-best 9.900 to tie for first on the event while Kaitlyn Hofland and Jamie Stone each notched a 9.825 to tie for third.

The Buckeyes moved to uneven bars in the second rotation, earning a 49.075. Hofland paced the Buckeyes with a 9.850 for a second-place finish while Olivia Aepli and Jaine VanPutten each posted a career-high 9.825 to tie for third.

Through two rotations, the Buckeyes held the lead with a 98.200.

In the third rotation, Ohio State posted a 48.875 on balance beam. Taylor Harrison posted a team-high 9.850 to tie for third while Stefanie Merkle tallied a 9.825.

After holding a narrow lead through three rotations, the Buckeyes held on with a 48.725 on floor exercise in the final rotation. Janelle McClelland and Jamie Stone each posted a team-high 9.825.

Mattern finished third in the all-around with a 39.125.

The Buckeyes host Iowa at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 on Father/Daughter Day at St. John Arena.